Après-Midi Recap

David Andelman, Paris – March 2024

David Andelman

Introducing David Andelman wasn’t easy because of his long list of credentials and accolades. We met many years ago through his wife, Pamela Title, with whom I grew up in New Orleans. David is such an illustrious journalist that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by his accomplishments, but he’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. We hit it off from the beginning and whenever he and Pamela are in Paris, we make a point of getting together. They have a pied-à-terre here which is their second home, David having lived in Paris for seven years when he was the Bureau Chief for CBS.

The room was SRO to hear what he had to say. After a brief presentation of storytelling about his early years in the news industry, he opened up the floor to questions and that’s when it really got interesting! Everyone there left shaking their heads in awe after listening to his thoughts on just about any current event/political topic. There are very few places on the planet he hasn’t been, very few political leaders he hasn’t met and very little about which he cannot comment. It was fascinating and the audience loved every minute. They walked out saying, “This was the best speaker you’ve ever had!”

We’ve had a lot of amazing speakers and David Andelman certainly ranks way up there. Here’s the skinny on him and his background…and once you’re read this, be sure to watch the video, about 1 hour 45 minutes, so get yourself a glass of wine and enjoy!:

Executive director of The Red Lines Project, Andelman is a “Voices” columnist for CNNOpinion. Each week, his SubStack page Andelman Unleashed, with subscribers on five continents, monitors the world. His latest book, A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Could Still Happen, was published in January 2021 (in April in Europe) along with its Evergreen podcast. He was awarded the Deadline Club Award for Best Opinion Writing for his CNN commentaries in 2018 and again in 2019 for his Reuters columns. He served for seven years as Editor & Publisher of World Policy Journal. Previously he served as an executive editor of Forbes. Earlier, he was domestic and foreign correspondent for The New York Times in New York and Washington, as Southeast Asia bureau chief, based in Bangkok, then East European bureau chief, based in Belgrade. He then moved to CBS News where he served for seven years as Paris correspondent.

There followed service as a Washington correspondent for CNBC, news editor of Bloomberg News and Business Editor of the New York Daily News. He has traveled through and reported from 86 countries. David was awarded the 2017 New York Press Club award for best political commentary for his USAToday columns. He is the author of five books, The Peacemakers, published by Harper & Row, and The Fourth World War, published by William Morrow, which he co-authored with the Count de Marenches, long-time head of French intelligence. His third book, A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today was published in a Centenary Edition with a foreword by Sir Harold Evans. He has translated from the French and written an epilogue to An Impossible Dream: Reagan, Gorbachev, and a World Without the Bomb published in June 2019 by Pegasus/Norton. Andelman has written for Harpers, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Readers Digest, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.

David is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is a member of the Century Association, Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard Club of New York, National Press Club and the Grolier Club. He is President-emeritus of the Overseas Press Club of America and leader of its press freedom committee, and The Silurians Press Club, the oldest club in America for veteran journalists.

On December 1, 2022 by decree of French President Emmanuel Macron, he was presented with the rank of chevalier (knight) of the Légion d’Honneur.

Watch the video!

Additional video by Gail Keikoan

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